POSTED: February 12th 2012

Doha 2020 delegation on the way to IOC to submit applicant file

Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani (center) led the team to the IOC / Doha 2020
Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani (center) led the team to the IOC / Doha 2020

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA: A high level delegation led by Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani left Doha today bound for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to consign the official applicant file tomorrow at the headquarters.

Al-Thani, general secretary of the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) and vice-chairman of the Doha 2020 bid, was accompanied by three elite level Qatari athletes: Olympian shooter Nasser Al-Attiyah, swimmer Nada Arkaji, sprinter Noor Al-Malki and Para Athlete Ali Al-Mass. 

Al-Thani, said today at the send off celebration at the airport, “This is an exciting milestone for Doha’s ambition to bring the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games to the Middle East for the first time.  A great deal of work has gone into our Applicant File and I would like to thank the entire Doha 2020 team for their huge efforts in getting us to this point. 

“We will be delivering our Applicant File to IOC Headquarters tomorrow and then making its contents public later this month for all to see.  

“Our Applicant File contains a strong hosting plan that is based on many existing venues and a number of planned facilities.  It also outlines an exciting legacy vision focussed on building opportunities for Olympic sports in the region and growing participation across the Middle East – especially among girls and women. 

“2020 is an historic opportunity to grow the Olympic Movement in a new region and our Applicant File is a crucial step in our ambition to turn this opportunity into reality.”   

Nada Arkaji, said, “It is a great honour to be travelling to the International Olympic Committee as part of the Doha 2020 delegation at such an exciting time for sport in the Middle East.  I competed at the 2011 Arab Games hosted in Doha and that was a wonderful experience to compete in front of my home fans. 

“Sport has changed my life and I know that if the Olympic and Paralympic Games were to come here, to a region that has never had the honour of hosting the world’s greatest sporting event, many more young lives across the Arab World would be changed for the better.” 

Nasser Al-Attiyah, added, “I have had the great privilege of competing at four Olympic Games and seen first-hand their transformational impact and how they can inspire more young people into sport.  If Doha were to be given the honour of hosting the 2020 Games, I believe there is a wonderful opportunity to get many more young people across the Middle East playing sport and inspired by Olympic values.”

Doha will be competing against Baku, Istanbul, Madrid, Rome and Tokyo to host the 2020 summer Games. The final decision will be taken in September at the IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  

Keywords · Doha 2020 · Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani · Olympic bidding · Nasser Al Attiyah · Nada Arkaji · Noor Al Malki · Ali Al Mass

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